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    quoth

    I met this word here (the second definition). I checked the meaning, but I still don't get this usage. Can you explain it to me?

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    #2

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    Quoth or meh? If the latter, it's an interjection. So it has no syntactical relation to other parts of speech.

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    #3

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    I meant "quoth". I don't get why it's used there.

    I know it means "said", but "said" doesn't fit in there either in my opinion. And why use an archaic word in such a context? I don't get it at all.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 08-Aug-2010 at 20:20. Reason: typo

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    #4

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    Oh I see. It's fairly common to use archaisms playfully, especially when in doubt. It's a way of being less stubborn. Example: methinks.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Oh I see. It's fairly common to use archaisms playfully, especially when in doubt. It's a way of being less stubborn. Example: methinks.
    Thanks!

    Could you explain to me what "in doubt" means in your sentence? I don't understand what doubt you're talking about.

    I still can't get the use of "quoth" there. Even if I put "said" in its place I still have a problem with understanding it... It looks as if they wanted to quote something, but I don't understand why.

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    #6

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    Well if you want to seem like a know-it-all, a Besserwisser, or conceited, you don't care about seeming modest or showing uncertainty, but if you want ordinary people to tolerate your incredible genius, you have to show some degree of doubt even if you're sure, from time to time. Archaisms can be playful enough to serve this function.

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    #7

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    Thanks, I think I got it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Oh I see. It's fairly common to use archaisms playfully, especially when in doubt. It's a way of being less stubborn. Example: methinks.
    ... and often with an inadequate grasp of the grammar as it affects surrounding words: "quoth me" may be playful, but it's also wrong.

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    #9

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    Yes, that's probably one of the playful things about it. It's not even used correctly. I believe that's the third person conjugation used. Good point Bob.

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    #10

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    I imagine it's due to a false analogy with 'quoth he' and 'quoth she'.

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